Terry Brooks is most famous for his very popular Shannara Series of fantasy fiction. For those of you wanting to embark on the Shannara journey in chronological order, I have put together this gui...
The Shannara series is set in a world called the Four Lands. This world is a futuristic version of our own, and not a secondary world. The trilogy reveals the Four Lands to be located in the modern region of the United States and Canada. Much of the landscape has been changed by a future holocaust called The Great Wars, but some landmarks remain. For example, the still exists.
Terry Brooks’ first epic fantasy novel, The Sword of Shannara, helped to open the door wide for the modern fantasy genre. Critics like to point out that the book is heavily dependent on Tolkein. That’s probably a polite understatement of reality. Tolkein’s imagery and conflicts scream from many of the pages and yet it is still a well woven, enjoyable story which sets the groundwork for the remainder of the series. I read this book both as a teenager and then again some twenty-five years later. It’s not my favorite book in the series, but I did enjoy the story. Many of the characters remained vivid in my memory over those two and a half decades and it maintains a fond place in my heart. Later books (Elfstones and Wishsong) are better precisely because Brooks broke out on his own and wrote truly independent works. In the final analysis, I don’t think it was wrong of Brooks to write a tribute to Tolkein and it’s a credit to both men that the Shannara series has thrived so well in the expansive fantasy field.
Terry Brooks Shannara Series. Where my love of reading about other worlds truly was captured! I even found my little girls' name in the "Wishsong of Shanara" - Amberly was an amazing girl character - it was only right that I chose her name from one of my favorite authors!
Allanon is Shannara’s Gandalf equivalent, have you even read any of Lord of the Rings or the Shannara series? You really shouldn’t critique that of which you have no knowledge. Demons do not play a role in LOTR and elves and dwarves etc are common for anyone who has ever read this genre and/or played dungeons and dragons. Critics should be criticized as well because your critique is terrible.